Median weekly earnings, second quarter 2013

July 24, 2013

Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 104.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $776 in the second quarter of 2013. This was 0.6 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.4 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers over the same period. Data shown are not seasonally adjusted. 

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, second quarter 2013

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, second quarter 2013
Ethnic groupTotalMenWomen

Total

$776$860$707

White

799885718

Black

634666610

Asian

9731,117861

Hispanic

572583549

Women who usually worked full time had median weekly earnings of $707, or 82.2 percent of the $860 median for men.

The women's-to-men's earnings ratio varied by race and ethnicity. White women earned 81.1 percent as much as their male counterparts compared with black (91.6 percent), Asian (77.1 percent), and Hispanic women (94.2 percent).

Among the major race and ethnicity groups, median weekly earnings for black men working at full‑time jobs were $666, or 75.3 percent of the median for white men ($885). The difference was less among women, as black women’s median weekly earnings ($610) were 85.0 percent of those for white women ($718). Overall, median weekly earnings of Hispanics who worked full time ($572) were lower than those of blacks ($634), whites ($799), and Asians ($973).

These earnings data are produced by the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “Usual weekly earnings of Wage and Salary Workers—Second Quarter 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-1345. Full-time workers are those who usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or principal job. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings, second quarter 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130724.htm (visited December 21, 2014).

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